2009 Eastside and Citywide Wishes…

•    Install Video cameras in classrooms. As someone who has worked in classrooms with LAUSD. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished we could record and monitor the antics of some of these student maniacs. The amount of disruption and refusal to learn along with the waste of time & resources a few bad apples in the classroom can cause is immeasurable in terms of the effect on other students who are trying to succeed academically. Let’s stop blaming teachers & administrators for all of the problems. Photographic proof would be the best weapon against the belligerent parents in denial about their little monsters, and for punishing culprits of on campus vandalism. We’d see some dramatic improvements in grades and drop-out rates for sure.
•    Warn more parents to not  allow their young children to consume: Red Hot Cheetos, Sunny Delight, Sodas & McD’s. Stop allowing your kids to poison themselves with this garbage. Give them a chance to be healthy.
•    Tax Porn. Put your money where your (blank) is.
•    Tax the Church.
•    Legalize Drugs & Tax them.
•    I wish that all Condo, Loft and new housing developers, builders and city officials would say: “The market has bottomed out here, let’s stop building.”
•    Closing the Downtown Historic Core District to car traffic (or at least Broadway) and installing a trolley system.
•    Make it tougher for yuppie parents who move into the “urban frontier” to send their kids to outside “better” schools.
•    Create new public housing with rent breaks and subsidies for tenants who don’t own or drive cars.
•    Require neighborhood festivals (like Sunset Junction Street Fair) and Farmer’s Markets to allow a dedicated space for LOCAL artisans and growers to participate requiring them little or no participatory fees.
•    More public performance spaces.
•    More public Free Wi-Fi zones
•    For the DMV to include a general intelligence test along with Driving Exams.
•    For the Department of City Parking Tickets Office to install an “Express Window” for those with “No Excuses- and just ready to pay the fine.”
•    Free subway rides when the escalators aren’t working at the subway stations.
•    Open an art theater (like: The Nuart) in the Eastside.
•    Put satellites of MOCA, LACMA or the GETTY museums on the Eastside.
•    More Book stores and Art Supply stores in the Eastside.
•    Require more L.A. factories, studios and businesses to create and expand on-site job training and  placement programs especially for high school and College grads.
•    Give East L.A. College it’s own student run Radio Station. And bring back the old PCC “Sancho Show”.

2009 Personal Resolutions & Goals:
•    Ride my bike more.
•    Produce more artwork. Don’t get so distracted with work.
•    Create opportunities for other local artists.
•    Build a chicken coop.
•    Get a “Limpia”.
•    Throw more Parties.

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About AlDesmadre

Al Guerrero, Artist/Humorist. Los Angeles, CA. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles from the age of two, Al Guerrero grew up just steps from the famous Chicano strip, Whittier Boulevard. His youth experiences include witnessing and participating in the 1970 Chicano Power demonstrations, cruising cars on Whittier Boulevard, and graduating from Garfield High School. After dropping out of UCLA (with honors), he drew upon his lifelong passion for art and cartooning and pursued a career in graphic arts. During this period, he traveled overseas and found artistic inspiration from the masterworks he discovered within the European Art Museums. His career blossomed when he was eventually hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1995, where he worked as a creative artist for a number of years. Although the artistic work was rewarding, he eventually grew weary & disillusioned with the bureaucracy of the entertainment business, and left to work briefly in the educational field. His credits include producing a feature film with actor, Conrad Brooks of Ed Wood fame, founding and performing with the Punk Rock group “The Psychocats” at numerous L.A. & Hollywood venues during the 1990’s, and in 1999 he founded and created a hell-bent puppet cabaret show aptly named: “The Puppets from Hell”. As a long time active member of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, Al “Quaeda”, as he was known, was involved in countless Cacophony Society pranks and events throughout the city. He also produced the “Incredibly Strange Cinema” cult film series as well as themed events such as the now infamous “Pornothon Movie Nights” and the satirical “Mexican Night: Noche De Tequila & Putas” shows at local nightclub venues. Throughout his art career, he has exhibited his canvas paintings at various local galleries, and has also written & illustrated numerous comic strips and Graphic Novel stories. Today, he lives in Silver Lake, California and works as a freelance artist and writer with numerous multi-media projects under his belt and in the works. His personal hobbies include collecting vintage toys and comic books, cinema history and Los Angeles City history. Contact: alguerrero@earthlink.net Al Guerrero P.O. Box 29697 Los Angeles, CA 90029-0697 www.alguerrero.com Myspace.com/thepuppetsfromhell

4 thoughts on “2009 Eastside and Citywide Wishes…

  1. Here, Here !!! I’m down with everything you just mentioned because I would love to see some of those wishes. I especially love the one about getting rid of pendejos in schools. In high school it was so bad that some idiots got away with smoking weed in class !!!!!WTF !?!?
    I would have my own radio show at ELAC for sure, the equipment is there, just no teacher. I will personally. Oluntedr my time and maybe some $$$$ to get everything on this wish list done. I’m done fucking around.

  2. ohhh and as for my personal goals for 09, READ MORE BOOKS, not just comic books either. Do work in school cause I gotta transfer outta ELAC soon, find a girl to put up with me and not try to change me into a whiteboy. Post more on here. Maybe get drunk for the first time EVER in my 24 yrs of life. Continue to be a better son, brother, friend and blogger. Salud to 09 cabrones !!!!

  3. How did I miss this post? The getting rid of cars in the historic core would be a fabulous idea. The forcing yuppster parents who want to be adventurous to send their kids to schools up the street would also be an awesome thing.

    Why are the only programs in the public schools that are truly integrated socio-economically and racially the special education programs for the moderate to severe.

    I’m not talking about emotionally disturbed we know who gets thrown in there for scaring the teacher by moving around too quickly.

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